As Va. Tech rises, Beamer stays in place

It takes a lot to surprise Frank Beamer. After 29 years of coaching college football – he’s entering his 24th season at Virginia Tech – he’s seen it all: healthy seasons, injury-plagued seasons, seasons that met expectations and seasons that fell woefully short. The players change, the opponents change – heck, the conference has changed. In Beamer’s tenure, the Hokies have gone from independent to the Big East to the ACC, where the Hokies are the preseason favorite.

Beamer has been the constant for the Hokies, and a contract extension announced this weekend will keep him in that role until the 2016 season. If he chooses to retire then, he’ll be 70, with 30 years as a Hokie under his belt.